The court of additional deputy commissioner (ADC) (general) Neeru Katyal Gupta on Wednesday fined four food business operators as the samples taken from their shops failed laboratory tests.
Talking to HT, district health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said Ahuja Sweet Shop, Issru, near Khanna, was fined Rs 10,000 as its sample of Burfi was found substandard during laboratory test. The court fined Rs 20,000 to Amandeep Kumar of Gokul Road, Ludhiana, as the sample of mustard oil collected from his shop had misleading statement on its packaging.
Besides, Rajan Garg of Oil Mills, Ludhiana, was fined Rs 20,000, as sample of mustard oil failed test. Food safety officer Harpreet Kaur said the sample of mustard oil had misleading statement written on its label. She said advertising products through misleading statements was illegal.
Gurjit Singh of Boparai Kalan village was fined Rs 10,000 as the sample of skimmed milk powder was found substandard. According to the health department, all four samples were collected in 2012.
Meanwhile, Dr Avinash Kumar said the drive to check food adulteration would continue.
The cases of adulteration and mislabeling come in the categories of 'substandard' and 'misbranded' respectively. These cases are decided in court of the ADC.
The use of synthetic and major adulterations come under 'unsafe' category, cases of which are filed in court of chief judicial magistrate.